Esports charity event to raise $ 10 million for vaccine distribution effort
Esports organizations have come together to launch a charitable fund to support several humanitarian aid organizations such as UNICEF, Gavi and Direct Relief in their work to distribute COVID-19 vaccines.
An esports and gaming charity festival, set up by Gamers Without Borders and the Saudi Esports Federation, also announced that ESL Gaming will be the technical partner of the event and will see around $ 10 million (Â£ 7 million sterling) donated to support vaccine distribution.
The nine-week online esports and charity festival will feature some of the biggest names in gaming as well as those from the wider sports and entertainment world, and will be broadcast in a multilingual live stream provided by ESL Gaming.
Following a successful inaugural event last year, the second edition of Gamers Without Borders will feature a variety of top game titles including Fortnite, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, Rocket League and PUBG MOBILE as well as a title still not revealed.
Viewers will also be able to donate to the cause and further grow the overall charitable fund.
David Neichel, Head of International Growth and Advisor to the CEO of ESL Gaming, said: âGaming brings people together and connects communities across borders. We are happy to collaborate with the Saudi Esports Federation for Players Without Borders again, creating a great experience open to all fans around the world with the aim of providing COVID-19 relief to areas that need it most.
The first Gamers Without Borders event of 2020 was also produced by ESL Gaming and also raised a prize of $ 10 million donated to seven global charities, including UNICEF and the International Medical Corps. Stars such as Snoop Dogg, Liam Payne of One Direction, Liverpool and England’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, Juventus player Paulo Dybala and Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli were also on the roster involved in the action. live.